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Where in the world is Jessie going to be? Part Third times the charm

Hello Lovelies!

So, here’s the deal.

I went on a trip and had to make some blog posts.

So I made them.

While I was still on the road.

They were finished.

Turns out, that this iPad of mine does NOT function well without wifi.

And it saved none of it.

So, My initial reaction was:

And then go into fetal position and cry for a couple of days.

 

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Let me tell you guys. 

Transitions are hard.

And lame (sometimes)

 

But no more! 

 

For I shall figure this iPad and this transition out!

it may take a little while, and be depressed at all of the fails I’ve done, but I SHALL PREVAIL!

 

 

And you guys, I have BIG NEWS.

 

DID YOU WANT TO FINALLY KNOW WHERE I AM GOING?


I HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED IN CHOOSING THE COUNTRY THAT I SHALL RESIDE IN.

 

DRUM ROLL PLEASE

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you drumming the roll?

I don’t think you are.

It’s okay.

I can wait.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKAY.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I AM GOING TO:

 

 

 

YUP.

It’s officially official.

I know what you’re thinking.

“FINALLY.

SOMETHING THAT IS OFFICIAL.

ABOUT TIME THERE JESSIE.

I WAS STARTING TO GET REAL SICK AND TIRED OF THIS I DON’T KNOW BUISNESS.”

 

I feel ya man.

But now I can tell you that I am 110% sure that I am going to Taiwan as my foreign exchange.

Breaking the news to Australia was actually not as bad I a thought it would be.

Their whole attitude was kind of stand-offish and I don’t care about you really at all.

While Taiwan’s was wonderful and kind and welcoming and more than willing to assist in any way possible.

 

How crazy is this?

 

Taiwan wasn’t even on my radar, yet here I am, MOVING TO TAIWAN.

TAIPEI IS A HUMONGO CITY.

 WILL BE IN A CITY.

*internal screaming*

If I would of chosen Australia, it would have been a itty bitty town of less than 3,000 people that is over an hour away from the next City.

 

IS SHALL BE GOING TO COLLEGE IN TAIWAN

Even though I’m not even graduated yet here in ‘Murica.

It’s turning out that I go to college, then come back to here graduate high school.

They told me what school I’m going to, and I got to Google Map it and walk around the Taipei streets like I will in a couple weeks! Only this time was virtual and not even the real thing.

BUT STILL.

PRETTY AWESOME NONETHELESS.

 

Taiwan has given me a time frame in which it would be best if I could arrive.

(Aren’t they wonderfully effecient?)

August 22nd-27th is the preferred time, but they’re pretty flexible ūüôā

(How nice)

 

 And apparently The Rotary club is HUGE and totally respected over there.

 

So many bonuses.

 

So many beautiful bonuses making me want to live there as soon as possible!

 Gah.

 

Much Love~

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Where in the world is Jessie going to be? Part: one too many

BIG NEWS YOU GUYS

 

I MAY OR MAY NOT BE GOING TO AUSTRALIA.

 

MOSTLY MAY NOT.

 

I know, I know, you guys are probably all like, 

Where in the world

and all like

“Geez Jessie you told us about one part of the world¬†saying that it’ for SURE, and then you disappear for the next week or so, and show up with a completely different destination that you had in mind!

WAY ¬†TO BE A FEMALE.”

 

And I deserve that. 

Sorta.

That was kind of mean you guys.

 

Remember in my last blog post where I just kind of mentioned that I was looking at going to Taiwan or Spain while Australia was failing in every communication way possible?

 

Well I looked more into it.

 

And to tell you the truth, I’d rather go to Spain, but that’s not going to happen.

And ACTUALLY I had absolutely NO intention of going to Taiwan if I could help it.

 

But whilst in another hiatus with any sort of communication with Australia, I got this strange email from Taiwan!

There was this girl introducing herself and Taiwan, and wanted to know what kind of school I’d like to go to.

 

I of course was flabbergasted and kind of weirded out.

So I sent an email to Macho Man saying, WHAT IS THIS. WHY. WHAT DOES IT MEAN.

And he calmly answered with “It means if Australia falls through, then you’ll have a place to stay.”

So as communication with Australia still not happening, communication with Taiwan was booming.

We were emailing each other back and forth, my questions have been answered, I’m going to a business school, and I even have a link to it!

So, with all of the communications going splendidly, I just wanted to know more about Taiwan.

And as I looked at the videos, and blog posts, and articles, it was all overwhelmingly positive.

 

And I know if you look up anything it’s mostly positive about the place because they want you to go there, but I was looking in the comments section.

and the comments were full of nothing but praises to Taiwan.

About wanting to go back.

Calling it the “Hidden Jewel”

Saying that they wouldn’t trade anything for the experience that they had.

And MUCH MUCH more.

 

So I looked up Australia, and most of the videos were about large cities, and swimming all day every day.

If I were to go to Australia, I would live in a town of 3,000 people with over an hour and a half to the nearest city.

 

If I went to Taiwan, I’d be going to Taipei!

The largest city!

The busiest!

 

And turns out, there is a girl that was a foreign exchange student to Taiwan that lives in a town like 10 minutes away from mine!

So I’m going to meet up with her before I have any final decisions.

 

Basically this explains what’s happened during my absence of posts on this blog.

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that’s me at the computer btw

And I’m going to dedicate a blog post to the Pro’s and cons to both places.

So stay tuned for that! ūüôā

 

But this is the crazy update right now.

Boy I’ve been changing my mind so much ya’ll must think I’m a mouse¬†in a cheese shop trying to choose his favorite cheese.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now that I think about it the differences aren’t that significant.

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Brb, reevaluating my life.

 

Much love and deciding to do,

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Monday Mumbles- A little Mentoring can really go a long way

Hello Lovelies!

I wanted to tell you all of the wonderful mentoring experience that happened a couple weeks ago.


 

Thankfully, I know somebody who is actually in Australia RIGHT NOW that is experiencing a lot of what I am going to be doing.

Her Foreign exchange year is coming at the end almost the same time mine is starting.

 

{We might be in the air at the same time it’s that close}

 

It’s awesome to think¬†that I’ll get to know a lot of kids that she has too!

 

Lucky break huh?

 

I was able to talk with her mom (The sweetest person) for a while and she was MORE than willing to tell us stories and lessons that her daughter has gone through.

We talked for over 2 hours, and frankly, we could have talked a lot longer.

She told me so much I’ve gotta put these into Categories.

 

PLACE

  • It wasn’t until MAY that they heard anything from Australia.

That might not seem like a big deal, but the placing month is supposed to be in January. It’s good to know that the 5¬†months felt as long for them as it is for us.

  • Most likely going to reside in Townsville, definitely going to be in Queensland, but nothing is definite

 

SCHOOLING

  • The School district is most of Queensland and then goes off in the Northern Territory. It’s such a HUGE school district that there is really no way of knowing what school I’ll end up in.

Here’s a picture for perspective.

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I have a handful of maybes, but no “Yes you are going there”s yet

  • All of them have school uniforms, resistance is futile. Some of the schools have hats, and some even have a no makeup policy.
  • Talking to teachers MUST be formal, and please and thank you’s are also a necessity
  • But cussing is no big deal, and done right in front¬†teachers.¬†

A HUGE change from public school here (good ‘ole Kansas)

 

 

PERSONAL GROWTH

I’m not really going to go into detail on this because who am I to blab to the Internet about¬†this?

  • But there will be very low times, and there will ¬†be very high times.

I will definitely come back as a different person.

  • I will also NOT GET ALONG WITH EVERY HOST FAMILY.

It’s impossible to click with every host family.

This one took a while to sink in.

I’m a big people pleaser.

This’ll be difficult for me.

 

  • Learning to be self sufficient, and able to adapt to different situations will be something to learn throughout the year.

 

ACCENT

  • She doesn’t really have an accent, but her way of speaking is different. Slower, and more articulate.

Here and then a little TOEMAHTOE instead of TOEMAYTOE may come out.

{Don’t know if you guys know, but in Australia, their way of speaking is s-l-o-w-e-r, and some Australians believe that fast talkers have something to hide}

 

WORK

  • If I really wanted to make the time, I could have a job an work throughout the year if money is a big deal.

Or I could try to live it up in school and do a bunch of extra-curricular activities.

You’re only Public-schooled again once!

(or something like that)

 

COMMUNICATION

  • A Skype every so often, and an awesome app called ‘What’s App?’ That works internationally.¬†

“What’s App” apparently can send pictures and texts super fast, and free.

 

CULTURAL DIFFERENCES

  • America is much more laid-back style wise, and the clothes are a lot cheaper here as well.

Australian’s (with it being hot and all) like to show a lot of skin.

  • The cost of living is a lot more expensive there, but that won’t pertain to me as much¬†{BONUS!}

 

 

It was truly wonderful, and I am SO very glad that I’m blessed enough to have a ‘mentor’ in the sense that if I have any questions that she can answer, that she’ll be more than willing to answer in a heartbeat.

Now that I know a lot more than I did a couple weeks ago, I feel so much more confident about actually pursing
(and waiting for an answer) for Australia.

 

Till Next time!

Much Love~

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Monday Mumbles- Departure Date

Hello Lovelies.

My name is Jessie and I will manage my time better.

Today is Monday which means POST DAY!

Woohoo!

And I’m actually posting!

Double Woohoo!

and a glare in my direction.

I know.

I deserve it.

 

I’m going to post an update on what I learned about my Foreign Exchange to be in the last couple of days.

Instead of leaving in early days of June, I’ll be leaving on July 19th 2014.

I don’t know if I’ve been placed yet, but I can’t wait until I know who my host families are.

I can’t to know how many¬†host families I’ll have.

I can’t wait to see what school I’ll be in.

I can’t wait to see what town I’ll be in.

I can’t wait to do really anything that pertains to learning more about what the heck I’ll be doing for a year.

I’m so very thankful for the awesome stroke of luck to know an Australian, and a girl who is a foreign exchange student over in Australia as we speak to turn to for any questions.

I’m just SUPER excited about learning more of my future.

I guess I’ve always been that way.

I Think I’ll be in Townsville, but I don’t really know.

Here’s a picture that I’ll drool over in the meantime.

 

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Just knowing that I’m one step closer to an amazing year is so exhilarating.

Much Love,

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I survived my first Rotary Party

So as a (soon to be) foreign exchange student with Rotary International, I attended a my local clubs Christmas Party.

It was a nice, happy atmosphere, that was very welcoming.

The location was very fancy.

They had apple cider.

It was delicious!
My club currently has 2 foreign exchange students here that are not from America.
One is from Australia, and one is from France.
Both lovely ladies.
And they currently have one in Australia, and then me, who hasn’t even gone yet. So it was very helpful to have an Australian to talk with and ask questions.

I learned quite a lot.

Did you know that in Australia they have finals that are MUCH bigger than. Americas finals? They call them exams.
And they are basically your grade. So in America, at least for my school, our finals are worth 20% of the grade, but down under, it’s just about all of your grade.
Yikes.
Because I’ll be going to Australia in the end of their school year.
When the exams are.

After the mingling and the many question I asked to the lovely Australian, we made our way to the tables, talked for about 30 minuted more, and ate.

And ate.

And ate.

There was turkey steak, stuffing, little potatoes, salad, and some cheesecake for dessert.

It was truly a second Thanksgiving.

The dinner was delicious, and afterwards, the president walked up to the podium and said a few words, and the whole club stood up and said the pledge of allegiance and the Rotary pledge.

Of course being the first time I was there I didn’t know the pledge, and I stumbled with the words, and added a little bit of watermelon in there also.

(Throughout the musicals that I have been in, I learned that saying watermelon a couple of times when you’re supposed to be speaking, but not let the audience hear you, it makes it seem like you are actually having a conversation)

(Kind of like what this audience is doing)

There was a brief speech, a moment of silence for a wonderful man who passed away, and then some lovely entertainment by an 8 person group of men. Their name is ‘Hearts for him’, and they sang at least 10 really awesome songs.

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Then, there was a giving of honors/certificates.

Lots of smiles and nods of approval.

There was much standing up and giving rounds of applause.

There was a really fun give away shortly after.

I got two garlands of lights that I now use as festive extension cords that light up.

The party lasted about 3 hours, and I was pretty exhausted afterwards.

The Rotary party was a success, and I got to converse with some lovely people.

I’m very blessed to of been a part of a Christmas party, and I look forward to what a normal meeting would be like!

Merry Christmas to all!

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope your Christmas was simply marvelous!

Much love,

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Hello World. It’s official.

My name is Jessie.

I am a teenager.

I am now a blogger.

This is crazy. For years people have told me to start a blog, get a blog, people will love you!

and now, couple years later, I get this amazing opportunity, I go online, and there is hardly any information on this subject. And HELLO? Information is is definitely needed for this opportunity to happen.

Thankfully, with connections and a few strings I’m getting the information I need, but I’d still like to know what other people going through this did, what’s happening for them, and what is their personality like?

Unfortunately, those questions won’t be answered. I don’t want other people to feel the same way, so I decided to suck it up, and start a blog.

Here I am.

In my big comfy robe and a tiara in my hair because I found it cleaning my room.

(No shame BTW)

My name is Jessie, and I am going to become a Foreign Exchange student to Australia.

My family is not rich. I have to raise all of the money. This is my journey. My life as I see it, and my thoughts and important details through this incredible experience.

Till Next time!